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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 245296, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/245296
Research Article

Dental Caries, and Supragingival Plaque and Calculus among Students, Tanga, Tanzania

1Department of Restorative Dentistry, Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences, P.O. Box 65451, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences, P.O. Box 65014, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Received 12 December 2011; Accepted 3 January 2012

Academic Editors: H. S. Cardash and D. Grenier

Copyright © 2012 L. C. Carneiro and M. N. Kabulwa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The prevalence of dental caries and supragingival plaque and calculus in 785 secondary schools students was assessed. More than half (53.6%) of the students were caries-free, and the majority of those with dental caries experience were aged 14–17 (68.1%) and females (53%). Mean DMFT was 1.26, with mean D-component of 1.05, and molars were most affected. Most students had supragingival plaque (74%) and calculus (56.9%) and more so in males than females ( 𝑃 > 0 . 0 5 ). Less than half of the students had experience of dental caries and those with caries were mostly females and of the younger age group. The low DMFT was contributed to the D-component, and molars were the tooth type most affected.The majority of students had supra-gingival plaque and calculus and more so in males than females.